By default, Photo Mate does not decode raw data and only reads the embedded jpg-file of your Raw-Image when viewing images.
However, when you're going to edit an image, Photo Mate will decode the actual raw-data.
Here are some of the differences between actual decoding and reading embedded jpg data:
|Speed / Performance||Fast||Slow|
|Size||Not always full-size||Full-Size|
|Quality||Good, but already processed||Good, Unprocessed|
|Dynamic Range||Limited||Full Camera Range|